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By VP’s Alex Stowell
Who wants a brew?
You do, and me too!  And, we are in luck!  There are a ton of taps in this town that pour all sorts of sudsy goodness.
Let’s have a look, shall we!
Moving from the south (the Marina)  to the north end of the Venice boardwalk we will stop off at the seven best places to get an ice old beer in Venice.
Tony P’s Dockside Grill is beer heaven.  They have 40 beers on draft and another 70 in bottles and cans.  They offer hop head flights, Belgian flights and even have Peanut Butter Milk Stout on draft with nitrogen.  There is something here for everyone and the Tavern has a cool relaxed vibe, great food and every sports happening imaginable.  If you have not been to Tony P’s, you should go!
Simmzy’s is relatively new to the Venice Pier area and they brought their A game for sure.  With 26 taps and a many more in bottles and cans, they are the undisputed beer kings of Washington Square.  And, they really know their craft. With rotating handles, Simmzy’s supports local craft breweries.  Most of  their taps being primarily So. Cal breweries.   The Santa Monica Brew Works Chili XPA is ridiculous as is The El Segundo Brewery’s IPA.  And, they have tap take overs monthly among other events.  A knowledgeable, excited staff paired with great food and a breezy vibe steps from the sand makes Simmzy’s a welcome addition to the area.
Canal Club has a it going on in the beer department!  They rotate their handles regularly with Dog Town Duck being a regular along with Kirin.  And, they have a huge selection of bottles and cans, Ballast Point Sculpin, Firestone Walker and Fat Tire to name a few.  Get down there at 5:00 p.m for their 7 day a week happy hour and pair your brewsky with some of their legendary cusine!
Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 10.42.16 AMJames Beach has a whole lot of beer goodness, Dog Town Duck, Stone IPA and Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin on draft to name three.  But there is way more!  22 oz. Arrogant Bastards and Santa Monica XPA are just the tip of the iceberg.  Get down there and see for yourself!  As well, this place goes off at night!  Want to skip the line outside to get in?  Go across the street and buy a drink at the Canal Club and get a wrist band that let’s you skip the line.
Barlo Kitchen and Cocktail/High Rooftop Lounge:  These places, housed in Hotel Erwin, are great.  As an environmentally forward businesses, they strive to have locally produced items on their menus.  This means a whole lot of California beer.  And, everyone knows Californians make the best beer there is.  They have Scrimshaw Pilsner, Dog Town Duck, and Ole Rasputin to name a few. And, you can chill at the street level in Barlo or crack your brew 7 stories above the ocean at High rooftop lounge.
Danny’s Venice has DogTown Duck on draft and that is awesome!  If you have not tried DogTown Duck, you should.  It is a perfectly balanced IPA created by long time James Beach’ bartender John Binder.  As well, Danny’s has Santa Monica Brew Works XPA on draft along with Stone IPA.  Now that is a trio worth tasting.  And, Danny’s houses Venice’s own history museum, complete with a full array of skateboards and the last Venice gondola.
The Sidewalk Cafe – 13 taps, with my choice being L.A. based Golden Road Brewery’s Point The Way IPA. As well, they have a full bar and a super deep menu.   And, if you did not know, they have $5 all you can eat tacos on Tues., and one of the best boardwalk people watching patios around.
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Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 1.11.23 PMOn The Waterfront Cafe–  Erdinger Hefe-weizen on draft!  Nothing else needs to be said.  But, I will say something anyway, just to clarify.  Erdinger is imported from Germany and is widely regarded as one of the best wheat beers ever made. And,  On The Waterfront Cafe is the only place around where you can get it.  You should try it.  So, how about chilling out on OTWC’s Oceanfront Walk patio and drinking a cold velvety smooth 22 oz. pour of this magnificent creation. You will be glad you did.  And they have fantastic food inspired by owner Stefan Bachofner’s European upbringing.  Get down to the Waterfront, you will be glad that you did!

Worth mentioning!!
If you like Mexican beer, check out Cabo Cantina on Washington Square.  They have every brew made south of the border, and during happy hour they are all two for one.
If you like Japanese beer, check out Hama Sushi on Windward Circle.  They have a wide selection of brew from the land of the rising sun on draft and in bottles.
Thank you for reading, now go get yourself a beer!
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